TEMPLE — A golf tournament and banquet set for Sunday and Monday to raise funds for a memorial is a vision of Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange that is becoming a reality.
The fundraiser has a three-fold purpose: to raise funds to erect a monument to honor Bell County peace officers who lost their lives in the line of duty; to have emergency funds available for any peace officer; and to provide scholarships to peace officers and their families.
The inaugural Johnson Brothers Ford Police Memorial Golf Tournament and Banquet is in honor of Bell County Deputy Adam Davis and Killeen Police Officer Robert “Bobby” Hornsby, Lange said.
Davis died Dec. 11 after an accident on Dec. 1, in which his vehicle rolled several times after missing a curve on his way to answer a call. A man shot and killed Hornsby on July 14 during a SWAT standoff. The real work began in 2011 when paperwork was completed to earn a tax-exempt status, Lange said.“That wasn’t an overnight process. We started that over a year before the deaths of Bobby Hornsby and Adam.” Lange first envisioned a life-size memorial on the large star at the Bell County Jail to honor the 18 peace officers who have died, but input from Commissioner Tim Brown and a monument plan presented two months later gave Lange a much larger vision.